Sterling said that 1,040 ballots have been returned so far, a “small trickle that we expect to get larger soon.”
Georgia voters are required to request absentee ballots again for the runoff, even if they voted absentee in November, except those over the age of 65, members of the military or physically disabled people who requested absentee ballots for the entire election cycle.
Republicans are struggling to encourage voters to back incumbent Republican Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as President Donald Trump continues to cast doubt on the results of the presidential election.
If either of the incumbent Republicans hold onto their seats, the party will retain its majority control in the chamber. If Democratic challengers Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock both prevail, however, Democrats would gain control of the Senate thanks to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.
For weeks, Trump has made a series of unfounded claims of fraud in the state, for which there is no evidence. Biden won the state by more than 12,000 votes, and both Kemp and Raffensperger have pledged they will abide by the law.
“Well, I told (Sens. Loeffler and Perdue) today, I think you’re dealing in a very fraudulent system. I’m very worried about that,” the President said during a news conference Thursday, calling both Republican senators “tremendous people.”
Loeffler and Perdue have called for Raffensperger to resign, claiming wrongdoing but without providing any specific evidence to back up their claims.
CNN’s Chandelis Duster, Paul LeBlanc, Betsy Klein, Donald Judd and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.